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If Burke County Fair President Shandy Denton Gossett’s energy could be channeled into the electric grid, it would doubtless light up the entire Eastern Seaboard from Atlanta to Boston. Instead, …

The row of motorcycles lined up outside the front door of South Mountain Distillery in Rutherford College on a recent Tuesday morning says a lot about the firm’s national reputation and about the …

Hallyburton graduate Dunntavis Hill has beat the odds, showing what hard work, dedication, and a strong support system can make possible. The 23-year-old is making waves in the business world with …

The reporter walks into Sain’s Barber Shop in the heart of downtown Morganton just before 5:30 p.m. on a Tuesday afternoon. According to the sign on the door, the shop will close in fewer than five …

As such things are measured, Lake Rhodhiss is a small lake, stretching roughly 10 miles from the Huffman Bridge just north of Drexel to the dam at Rhodhiss from which the lake takes its name. But …

With his small-framed circular glasses, longish white hair, and piercing eyes, Morganton’s Ronn Hatchel looks a bit like an eccentric writer of Gothic Southern short stories. But no, he is quick to …

Tammy Burns, owner of the Green Street Grille in downtown Morganton, stood alone in the restaurant kitchen grilling and prepping for the dinner crowd on Wednesday, May 1. In that day’s …

The dormant restaurant where Chesterfield Grill and Chesterfield Family Restaurant once served up home-style meals will get a new shot at life. Kim’s Seafood Shack is set to rejuvenate the site off …

If you’ve caught any recent golf tournaments on TV, chances are you’ve seen turfgrass grown by a company right here in Burke County.  Pro Green Inc., owned by father John Clark and sons …

The City of Morganton’s North Green Street Streetscape Project continues to ease on down the road and may be ready to enter the bidding phase by the end of the year. The city learned last week it …

Burke County calls itself “Nature’s Playground” and Foothills Gear Garage offers everything the outdoor enthusiast needs to make the most of the gifts Mother Nature offers in the foothills of …

With 80% of the U.S. population clicking their way to online purchases, business-savvy folks look for ways to capitalize on the trend. The fashion industry has seen considerable growth online as some …

What do blueberry cobbler and scrap metal have in common? They were key ingredients in bringing together a couple who’ve melded their diverse interests into a recipe for success. So if you happen …

Burke County United Way Executive Director Maureen “Mo” Schwind has had numerous opportunities over the years to put her education and experience to work in larger, more metropolitan communities. …

With the development of a new strategic plan following the advent of the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020, Burke County United Way established the following programs: Financial Empowerment Program This is a …

Nothing can fire up local interest more than news about new restaurants, or, barring that, rumors about new restaurants. Here’s what we at The Paper know about new restaurants coming to Burke …

On a typical day, about 160 people come to the emergency rooms at UNC Health Blue Ridge in Morganton and Valdese. Some come by ambulance following motor vehicle accidents or heart attacks, while …

No one can accuse Melaina Rhoney of being either hard-hearted or lazy.  The Burke County native, owner and chief executive officer of A Caring Alternative, has been extending a helping hand to …

Ashley Lindsey’s budding business, Lulah’s Cinnamon Rolls, was born from a new momma’s craving.  “It was just after my first daughter’s birth,” Lindsey said, “and I really wanted a …

With Valentine’s Day just behind us, love lingers in the air for many newly engaged couples. Young lovebirds, some sporting sparkling new diamond rings, now face the daunting task of planning a …

A community landmark has been restored to the Town of Valdese with the re-opening of the legendary Myra’s Restaurant after a weeks-long hiatus.   Since its opening in 1958, Myra’s has …

February is National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, celebrating the achievements and contributions these programs provide in preparing students for high-skill, high-wage, and in-demand …

Lynn Shell’s family has always called her “the little healer,” and Shell, the owner of Burke Myotherapy, takes pride in intuitive connections with her clients. She says she listens with her heart as well as her hands …

Welcome to Wildwood Bridal — a Valdese bridal shop located on Main Street that is centered on empowering brides from the moment they walk through the doors to when they say the big “Yes! to the Dress!” …

Morganton’s South Sterling Street features a gun shop fully stocked to meet the needs of any shooter or firearms collector. Overmountain Rifleman offers a wide selection of guns and accessories for …

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